Enhancing the innovation skills in engineering students

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Abstract

The paper looks at the skills needed for innovation - such as tenacity, independence, imagination, risk-taking, creativity, intuition and leadership - and then identifies typical gaps in those skills within engineering students. The paper presents the case study from the University of Bath focusing on creativity, design and prototyping skills. The aim of the paper is to present the work that has been done on an engineering design unit to boost creativity, design and prototyping skills for engineers. The paper presents evidence of changes in the students' innovation skills (self-assessed) from the protocol analysis of independently conducted interviews and focus group. The paper then goes on to discuss the overall learning from the teaching approaches focusing particularly on the extent to which the skills needed for innovation have been enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education for Future Wellbeing: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium 6th-7th September 2012
EditorsL Buck, G Frateur, W Ion, C McMahon, C Baelus, C De Grande, S Vervulgen
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherDesign Society
Pages431-436
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781904670360
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012 - Antwerp , Belgium
Duration: 6 Sep 20127 Sep 2012

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012
CountryBelgium
CityAntwerp
Period6/09/127/09/12

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    Dekoninck, E. (2012). Enhancing the innovation skills in engineering students. In L. Buck, G. Frateur, W. Ion, C. McMahon, C. Baelus, C. De Grande, & S. Vervulgen (Eds.), Design Education for Future Wellbeing: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium 6th-7th September 2012 (pp. 431-436). Design Society.